Welcome to the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm

We're a group of people who love to support our community, and also like to have fun.  We meet Mondays at 12:00 Noon at the Podollan Inn (See Map).

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At our recent Christmas Party  two Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded.  Rotarian Rob Marshall received the 2017 Club Paul Harris Fellowship Award for his dedication and hard work over the years  to Rotary. 
 
 
 
Doug Adams received the 2017 Paul Harris Fellowship Award for his outstanding contribution to the community of Salmon Arm for over 37 years. 
 
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Gulistan and Berivan Abdo created this fabulous Syrian dinner for the enjoyment of a group of Rotarians and spouses on Saturday evening. What a spread! Tabbouleh Salad, Falafel with Pita Bread, Baba Ghannooj, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Chicken and Baklava and more! A wonderful dinner enjoyed by all. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On Nov 27 we welcomed new members Lisa and Steve Andersen.   Sponsored by Maureen McTavish and inducted by ADG Norm Brown, Lisa and Steve are the fourth "couple" members of our club.
A knock on the door at 5:30 pm on Friday 17 Nov began an evening of merriment - good food, good fellowship, good fun -in the homes of the three Guess Who's Coming to Dinner hosts: Grafs,  Johnstons, and Lands. The theme for the evening was PLAID. Maureen even brought a plaid cake for dessert!
 
As November is Foundation Month, Assistant District Governor Norm Brown gave the members a short history  of Foundation. He reminded us that 91% of all donated money goes directly into Foundation. Our club has contributed $43,000 over the last three years.  Our goal for this year is $15,000.  
Recently Judy Linkletter and Tony Lewis spent some time in Europe, where they had the opportunity to visit with former exchange student Sarina Fritsche at her home. Judy writes: "We spent a wonderful day with Sarina and some of her family in Appenzell in Switzerland.  
 
 
What a lovely family! They picked us up at the train station, gave us a wonderful fondue lunch and a tour of their beautiful area. 
Sarina sends her love to all her Canadian friends and family.
Louise Wallace spoke about the challenges and strategies around the problem of homelessness in Salmon Arm.  She covered the three levels of government and emphasized how the Charter of Rights and Freedoms has an impact on what those levels can do.  She listed strategies as housing, prevention, and how to help the groups/associations that are already working to alleviate the problem.  
 
The club welcomed Arya Javdani as its newest member on Monday 30 October. At 19, Arya is our youngest member; he grew up in Salmon Arm and now works for GM Motors. Sponsored by Lisa Nobbs, Arya was inducted by Assistant Governor Norm Brown. 
 
 
 
 
Our last two meetings have proved very informative. On Monday 23 October, Nancy Whitticase, of Namaste Yoga & Wellness Centre spoke to the club about yoga and meditation and how it benefits the mind, body and spirit. 
 
 
On October 30, Peter Jory, Superintendent of School District 83  outlined the School District Strategic Plan to the members and explained how it will be developed collaboratively with the stakeholders - parents, public and students.
 
 
Winefest 2017 was a huge success! Our 500 ticket buyers enjoyed samplings from 25 wineries, 2 beer breweries, and 2 distilleries as well as specialty foods such as chocolate, cheese, vinegars & oils, and coffee. A delicious selection of appies from Jane's Place and Urban Market complimented the beverages.  For more pictures please go to our facebook page. 
 
 
 
The Oct 13-14 weekend saw Mary Lou in Vancouver with hosts Leah Shaw and Steve Genn and Kamloops Inbound Exchange Student  Julie Soares from Brazil. 
 
 
At Monday Oct 16's meeting, Patrick Webb presented his bio. He was born in Alberta, but grew up in BC. He worked for the forestry during the summers and while working on the fire suppression crew in Williams Lake, he met his wife Colleen; they were married in 1979. He attended Simon Fraser University and finally joined the RCMP in 1980. Posted to Alberta, he  & Colleen spent 30+ years in a variety of small Alberta towns. His career also included instructing in Regina, Sergeant for Media Relations, and VIP Security in Calgary. He represented the RCMP internationally in Washington, DC and  California.   He retired in 2012 and moved to Salmon Arm in 2016. 
 
Mary Lou spent Thanksgiving weekend in Alberta with Pat & Coleman's daughter's family.  She enjoyed the drive through the mountains, which were touched with snow, and seeing some of the sights along the way. 
 
Our guests today were Gene Doray, principal of AL Fortune School and Kirsten Mazur, principal of Silver Creek Elementary, who brought the club up to date on the school lunch program as it affects their particular schools. 
 
Rotary member Christina Lutterman presented her bio to the club on Monday 18 Sept. From her birth and upbringing in Sweden to her time with SAS on Malta, as a tour guide in Israel, and her immigration to Canada, Christina has led a fascinating and adventure-filled life!
 
Friday 15 September saw a few Rotarians join the Cops for Kids cyclists  at the Prestige Inn, where the Sandbar Restaurant provided a delicious breakfast and President-Elect Patrick Webb presented the Cops for Kids with a generous monetary donation. 

The Annual Cops for Kids Ride departed Kelowna on Friday September 8th to raise funds for children in medical, physical or traumatic crisis within South Eastern BC. During their 10 days on the road, cyclists  covered 1,000km before their return to Kelowna on Sunday September 17th. 

 

 

 
District 5060's Governor, Bill Jenkin, will be visiting Salmon Arm on Wednesday, September 27.  Members of all three Salmon Arm Rotary Clubs are encouraged to attend this dinner meeting and social evening to be held at the Prestige Inn at 6:00 pm.  Cost is $20 per person. 
Please let Patrick know that you will be attending by Monday Sept 25 at 6 pm. 
 
Lana Fitt, Manager for Salmon Arm Economic Development Society spoke to the club on Sept 11, explaining the Society's role in the community and its mandate. 
Cassie O'Flarherty, our outbound exchange student has been in the Czech Republic for nearly a month now. She is living in the town of Rakovnik and is hosted by the Rotary Club of Beroun, about an hour's drive from her home. She has traveled a little with her host family,  has started school and is learning to speak Czech. She writes extensively about her adventures in her blog, which can be found at https://cassinczech.wordpress.com/2017/09/09/week-three-back-to-school/ .  
 
 
Cassie with her host mom and brother at the 12th century Gothic Loket Castle in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. 
 
Mary Lou Perrier D'Hauterive from Liege, Belgium, is our inbound Youth Exchange student this year. She arrived in Salmon Arm on Saturday 26 August and will be here for the school year. She will be attending  school at SASS-Sullivan Campus. 
 
The Voice of the Shuswap is Salmon Arm and the Shuswap's very own radio station. Located at 93.7 FM and on the  Internet, it is a volunteer driven service that focuses on local programming and draws on the talents  and skills of local community members. It  started broadcasting in late 2012.  Warren Bell, our speaker on Monday 28 August, explained that "CKVS-FM 93.7 broadcasts programming which is different in nature and content from that broadcast on commercial radio". For more information, please go to voiceoftheshuswap.ca. 
 
Ronalee McMahon, our speaker at the August 21 meeting, spoke about the history and future of the Salmon Arm Fall Fair.  This year's fair, the 120th, is "Something to Crow About". New this year will be  Shuswap Shines featuring the Shuswap's best singers from past Shuswap Idol competitions; Super Dogs, the world's most amazing dogs; Sip & Savour, a delicious sampling of beer, wine and food from the North Okanagan Shuswap; Elvis, Mini Chuckwagon Races and many old favourites such as  Memory Lane  and the Pioneer Collectors' Club. 
Darcy and Christ Johnston hosted our annual August picnic and BBQ in their garden on Thursday evening, August 16.  
 
 
Speakers
Arya Javdani
Dec 18, 2017
Biography
Marc Dansereau
Jan 08, 2018
Shuswap Hospice
Daila Duford
Jan 15, 2018
Salmar Theatre
Woinshet Bayssie
Jan 22, 2018
Biography
 
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Gary Holte, our speaker on Nov 20, raised our awareness of the importance of preparing for unexpected death by getting our affairs in order now. 
 
 
Mary Lou Perrier D'Hauterive from Liege, Belgium, is our inbound Youth Exchange student this year. She arrived in Salmon Arm on Saturday 26 August and will be here for the school year. She will be attending  school at SASS-Sullivan Campus. 
Sunday, July 9 was Pioneer Day at Haney Heritage Park.  There were special celebrations for Canada's 150th Birthday, crowned by the ribbon cutting and opening of the Montebello Building.  The Montebello Building is a special design that incorporates shops and their facades from early 20th century Salmon Arm.
 
On 7th July, Feli left Salmon Arm to return to her home In Germany.  Marvel was at the airport to see her off - a very tearful good-bye!
 
Congratulations to Jamie Beldi  and his wife Sally of Salmon Arm, winners of the Rotary/Askews 3 Minute Shopping Spree and to Mike Gunn, winner of a $250 Askews gift card. 
 
 
Chase Rotary Club celebrated its 20th Anniversary on Thursday 29 June with a special dinner, which included past Chase Rotarians and friends from Salmon Arm and  Kamloops West, the sponsoring club. 
Shopping Spree Tickets are now available again - funds from these tickets support our School Lunch Program, now in its third year.  Read More to see where and when you can get them.
 
Our member Darcy Johnston received a Friendship and Fellowship Award at the recent District 5060 Conference in Kelowna. 
 
Rob Marshall presents a cheque to Kathy du Toit of Mount Ida Mews Complex Care Facility. The donation is to assist with the purchase of iPods, headsets and iTune cards for their residents.

Our Youth Exchange student, Feli, welcomed her Mom for a visit from Germany.
Rob Marshall presents 1st Salmon Arm Scouts with a cheque for $500 to assist with their fundraising efforts to send a group of Scouts to the Canadian Jamboree in Halifax Nova Scotia this September.
 
 
 
Meeting Responsibilities
December 11
Door
Hudson, Danny
 
Tickets
Stepura, Lynda
 
Sheriff
Land, Sterling
 
Inspirational Moment
Vennard, Kathryn
 
 
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